Music Review: Nightwish – Élan

I have made no secret of the fact that I love Floor Jansen. She’s a perfect set of pipes in a giant Dutch body. I also really like Nightwish. Ok, so I was a huge fan of the Tarja-years Nightwish. I just could not get on board with the Anette-years Nightwish. Tarja was a classically…

Nervous Breakdowns: A How To Guide

Welcome to True Writes, a website where I, True, sometimes ramble on about shit that I love or hate for the simple catharsis that writing brings, especially when random strangers validate my feelings by liking or sharing my rants. Today I’m going to give you some hints and tips on how to really maximise your…

Book and Movie Review: Gone Girl

If you haven’t heard of Gone Girl, you’ve been living under a rock. I also intend on making this post about as full of spoilers as you can get, so bugger off if you’re still under the rock and are comfy there. The book, as the cover states, is an “addictive no. 1 bestseller”, or…

Bill Bailey is Awesome…

Bill Bailey is awesome. This is a fact. Even though I’m predisposed to like him, he truly is hilarious. Why am I predisposed to like him? Well, he’s a larger than life clone of my uncle. They have the same look, although Bill has a bit more hair, they both fling their arms about when…

Book Review: Top Secret Twenty-One

Gosh, I swear it only feels like yesterday I did the review for Takedown Twenty! Ok, looking back tells me it was in December, so it really wasn’t too long ago. Where to begin? Ok, this was definitely an improvement on the travesty that was Takedown Twenty but that’s kind of like saying that generic brand block…

Book Review: Monkey Business

I really liked the first book in this series, Rough Diamond.  Erica Jewell is a perfectly ordinary person trying to distance herself from her scumbag ex-husband and all of his debts.  But Jack Jones shows up bleeding on her doorstep and she decides to save him.  What follows is the usual fare of Bumbling Female…

Book Review: Bridget Jones – Mad About The Boy

I finally got a chance to finish the latest installment of Bridget Jones.  I’ve read a lot of other reviews and I went in preparing to loathe it. I didn’t. I honestly didn’t. Well, once I made it past the prologue section. The majority of the reviews I have read are angry that Fielding has…

Book Review: Takedown Twenty

I got my hands on the latest Janet Evanovich book, Takedown Twenty. While I haven’t enjoyed the last couple of books in the Stephanie Plum series, I do still have a soft spot for them as these were the books that got me into the bumbling female mystery solver style of book. So I bought…

Book Review: Orpheus Lost

Here’s another one I had to read for my English degree. You wouldn’t know I almost qualify for one by the amount of spelling and grammatical errors in some of my posts, but that’s what happens when you usually write after an exhausting 12 hour day with a screaming toddler hanging off you refusing to…

Book Review: The Slap

Tonight I am going to review The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas. This was required reading for my English degree and since I recall seeing ads for it plastered all over Melbourne on buses and billboards and the like. I knew it won a zillion awards and critics loved it, I figured it might have been…